Opera

Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compania Opera de Camara - Antonio Mazzoni: Aminta, il Re pastore (2007)

Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara - Antonio Mazzoni: Aminta, il Rè pastore (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 711 Mb | Total time: 135:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617201 | Recorded: 2006

Here is yet another operatic masterpiece reborn thanks to Juan Bautista Otero and his splendid Réal Compania Opera de Camara. 'Aminta, il re pastore' is an extraordinary work which the famed castrato Farinelli commissioned from the Bolognese composer Mazzoni after the huge success of his two operas produced in Lisbon, 'La clemenza di Tito' and 'Antigono'. Faithfully following Metastasio's original libretto, Mazzoni composed here a sublime opera seria in 3 acts, shorter than usual, with a blend of pathos, delicacy of expression and virtuosity that gives a marvelously complete picture of what one might call 'the Farinelli sound'.

Antony Walker, Pinchgut Opera - Rameau: Castor et Pollux (2015)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Sept. 19, 2017
Antony Walker, Pinchgut Opera - Rameau: Castor et Pollux (2015)

Antony Walker, Pinchgut Opera - Rameau: Castor et Pollux (2015)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 02:19:17 | 698 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Pinchgut Live | Catalog: PG003

Pinchgut Opera presented one of the glories of the French baroque for the first time in Australia. Castor & Pollux is Rameau's finest creation. It's a story based in mythology about the self-sacrificing love between two brothers. The music goes straight to the heart. With some of the most beautiful vocal and orchestral writing of the period, the opera was an instant hit when it was first presented.
Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Stravaganza d'amore! The Birth of Opera at the Medici Court (2017) [24/96]

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Stravaganza d'amore! The Birth of Opera at the Medici Court (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 102:26 minutes | 1.87 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Late sixteenth-century Florence was alive with theater. Seeking to achieve the perfect blend between music and poetry, intermedi (interludes) were inserted into plays. These interludes were presented with lavish visual and musical resources. After reaching an initial peak in 1589 with the intermedi composed for Bargagli's La pellegrina, the tradition survived the burgeoning genre of opera through the work of such composers as Peri, Caccini, Monteverdi and Gagliano. On this release, rather than aiming for the impossible ideal of a reconstruction, Raphaël Pichon has devised a sort of imaginary intermedi by selecting the finest gems from this repertory, featuring the figures of Apollo, Orpheus and Eurydice, and above all Cupid.
Diana Damrau - Meyerbeer - Grand Opera (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Diana Damrau - Meyerbeer - Grand Opera (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:20 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Giacomo Meyerbeer, the master of Parisian grand opera, was hugely successful in his time and a major influence on Verdi and Wagner. His music has fascinated Diana Damrau since her student days. With her brilliant coloratura, lyricism and dramatic power, the soprano rises triumphantly to the vocal and expressive challenges of arias from 10 of his operas, singing in French, Italian and German. Two of the arias receive their world premiere recording with this album.

VA - The #1 Opera Album (2000)  Music

Posted by delpotro at Sept. 10, 2017
VA - The #1 Opera Album (2000)

VA - The #1 Opera Album (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 02:34:42 | 632 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Decca Records

The labels that are now gathered under the Universal Classics umbrella have a pretty impressive scorecard in the area of classical compilations. We've seen The Greatest Opera Show on Earth, The Yellow Guide: Classical Music, Best of the Millennium, and now there's The No. 1 Opera Album. But that's no surprise, since Universal has some of the finest interpreters in its catalogue to draw from. This two-CD set (at the price of one), for example, brings together the likes of Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, and many more. Yet the other key to a successful compilation is canny anthologizing, and here again, you have a nice selection to give you a smattering of opera's heavyweights from the Italian, German, and French repertory (there's even a step outside the standard framework with an aria from Dvorák's lovely Rusalka). Ranging from 1959 to 1997, the choices from back catalogue will doubtless be the entry ticket for many into this grandest of the arts.
Nashville Opera, Dean Williamson - Michael Nyman: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (2016)

Michael Nyman - The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (2016)
Matthew Treviño (bass), Rebecca Sjöwall (soprano), Ryan MacPherson (tenor)
Nashville Opera; Dean Williamson, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Minimalism, Chamber Opera | Label: Naxos | # 8.660398 | 00:58:06

Michael Nyman’s one-act chamber opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat takes as its subject Dr P, a man suffering from visual agnosia, or ‘mental blindness’, and is adapted from the neurological study in the book of the same name by Oliver Sacks. For Nyman, Dr P ‘requires music as a lifeline, cue, clue, cure’, living as he does in a world lacking visual meaning. It is through his musical gifts that Dr P reclaims meaning from chaos, Nyman’s tautly conceived masterpiece providing a perfect medium through which the moving drama can be explored.
The Clerks & Johannes Regis & Edward Wickham  - Opera omnia (2008)

The Clerks & Johannes Regis & Edward Wickham - Opera omnia (2008)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 574 Mb | Scans - 177 Mb | 02:06:33
Classical, Medieval | Label: Musique en Wallonie

Two masses, a handful of motets, and two chansons are all that remains of the oeuvre of a composer regarded by the theorist Johannes Tictoris as one of the most important of his generation. The Clerks' Group's expertise in the 15th-century repertoire has received many accolades. Here, the group once again displays its exceptional competence in the service of the outstanding works by one of the period's most original composers.
Kate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra ‎- Live At The Sydney Opera House (2017)

Kate Miller-Heidke, Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Live At The Sydney Opera House (2017)
Pop | 1:21:31 | MP3, 320 kbps | 442 MB
Label: Universal Music

Kate Miller-Heidke is thrilled to announce the release of her new album, Live At The Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in March this year, the album is a sweeping live representation of her vast catalogue of hits and fan favourites, including ‘The Last Day on Earth’, ‘O Vertigo!’, ‘Sarah’, songs from The Rabbits and many more. If you’re already a fan, you’ll know most of the songs on this album well. But when the singer-songwriter combines her own material with a symphonic sound, you’re in for a special thrill!
Kenneth MacMillan, Barry Wordsworth, Royal Opera House, L.Cuthbertson, F.Bonelli - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (2011)

Kenneth MacMillan, Barry Wordsworth, Royal Opera House, Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (2013)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Opus Arte

Given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing the title roles, Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has become a signature work for the Company, enjoying great popularity around the world. From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes. But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for those great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene. Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet over 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles.
Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)

Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:51:31 | 584 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato Disques | Catalog: 2292-45773-2

Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz's last completed work, is based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, but the libretto, by the composer, dispenses with most of the intrigue of the original and reduces the plot to a single premise: Béatrice et Bénédict mask their affection for each other by squabbling, and then finally come to their senses and get married. Although designated an opera, it is closer in effect to an opéra comique because of its very extensive use of spoken dialogue.